Meet our Third Grade Artist in Residence
Esteban Camacho Steffensen
We will be painting with Esteban on Wednesday and Friday of this week.
“Esteban Camacho Steffensen is an international muralist with commissioned artwork in Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Arts in 2010, with an emphasis in Public Art. His subject matter is environmentally focused, bridging biology, education, and fine art. Most of his artwork has been produced in public spaces, such as universities and city institutions, where he works with community leaders during the design process and involves local youth and students in the painting and production. Esteban seeks to empower people to join the sustainability movement.
As a recipient of the 2015 Science in Studio Award, Esteban created an artistic and educational design for a large mural that focuses on protecting watersheds from toxic runoff.
As you look at the mural, the images inside the Chinook salmon represent the region’s rich biodiversity. It is dependent on snow pack that produces the clean water that flows through mountains, rivers, riparian ecosystems, bays, estuaries and finally the ocean. These ecosystems are illustrated in the design to help us become more aware of them and our dependence on these natural systems, which include the salmon cycle, bird migrations, the stabilization of weather and the basis for our healthy outdoor lives.
The image also shows these interwoven habitats with many human activities that bring toxics into our waterways. Many of these activities are very common, like washing cars and fertilizing our lawns. We often are unaware of small daily actions we do while living in our neighborhoods that are polluting the waterways. Then there are human activities which have severe impacts, such as large developments near natural areas, golf courses, animal feed lots, refineries, industries, agriculture and mass transportation.”
Credits for article: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/education/esteban_camacho_steffensen_bio.html
Esteban Camacho Steffensen, Recipient of 2015 Science in Studio Award
After painting on Wednesday, write a comment about your experience with Esteban and your part in the mural painting.